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REITs Connect Your World

Discover How REITs Impact Technology

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What is a REIT?

A REIT, or Real Estate Investment Trust, is a company that owns, operates or finances income-producing real estate. Established by Congress in 1960 and modeled after mutual funds, REITs provide Americans the chance to own valuable real estate, present the opportunity to access dividend-based income and total returns and help communities grow, thrive and revitalize.


Learn how REITS are powering the real estate that connects the world.
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Technology is Built on REITs

Technology has made it possible for us to stay connected in ways never before imagined. Mobile communications and the data being shared are not merely increasing—they are exploding. The demand for infrastructure enabling broadband communications is rising and REITs are the backbone of that connectivity.

It takes a lot of real estate to make your cell phone, social media platforms and office network function. That real estate is increasingly owned by REITs.

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Telecommunications Towers

The wireless network in the U.S. rests on wireless infrastructure—including more than 120,000 cell towers. But mobile data traffic in the U.S. is expected to grow fivefold from 2016 to 2021 meaning America will need significant investment in more cell towers, which can cost between $250,000-$300,000 per tower to install.

Companies that own and operate towers have been able to qualify as REITs since the early 1960s.
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Towers

Wireless carriers install equipment on cell towers. When this is done, a tower can provide wireless voice and data services to a large geographic area.

Small Cells

Wireless carriers install small nodes on signs, streetlights, utility poles and other existing infrastructure. This adds much-needed capacity to dense urban areas, residential neighborhoods, stadiums, universities and places where large crowds assemble.

Rooftops

Where towers aren’t feasible, wireless carriers install antennas on buildings.

Telecommunications & the Economy

As a result of operating expenditures, the telecommunications industry supported approximately $4.5 billion in spending and 20,000 jobs in the U.S. in 2015.

Operating expenditures by the industry flowing through the economy contributed about $3.2 billion to U.S. GDP.

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Data Centers

Data center REITs own and manage facilities that safely store data. These offer a range of products and services to help keep servers and data safe, including providing uninterruptable power supply, air-cooling systems and physical security.

More data has been created in the past two years than in the entire previous history of the human race.
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